Project #32304 - ENG 015 ASSIGN #1


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Assignment 1: Literacy Narrative
The purpose of this assignment is for you to describe and analyze the meaning of a personal experience you've had with writing. Your narrative should describe a moment in your life when something about the nature and function of writing came to light in a special or dramatic way.
Final Length: 3–4 pages (+4 pages separate one page assignment - see below)


Instruction Sheet - instructions


For this assignment, you will describe and analyze the meaning of a personal experience you've had with writing or reading. You will write a narrative in which you select a particular moment or episode from your past that involved writing or reading and compose a first-person account that brings that memory to life. Your narrative should have two equally important goals: (1) to tell the story of this literacy event in a vivid and engaging manner and (2) to explain the significance of your story in relation to literacy-- what your story reveals about the meaning and use of writing.


What are literacy narratives?


A literacy narrative describes particular moments in which people encounter writing. These narratives focus on moments that, for one reason or another, are especially descriptive about an individual's personal experience with writing –when something about the nature and function of writing came to light in a special or dramatic way.


Literacy narratives do not give a complete history of a person's writing experience. Instead, they describe one or two moments or episodes in a person's experience. Your task will be to choose one or two moments in your past to describe and to write about these memories in a way that invites readers to experience them as though they were part of the action, living the memory alongside you. Additionally, your narrative needs to thoughtfully communicate why and how this memory has shaped your understanding of the nature or function of writing or has given you a valuable perspective on your relationship to literacy.




1.              Your narrative should focus on one or two concrete moments or episodes from your past experiences with writing or reading. (Do not summarize your whole writing life.)




3.              Tell your story using the first-person point of view. Use the personal pronoun "I."




5.              Your narrative should include a thoughtful reflection about what the experience has helped you understand about the nature or function of writing or what valuable perspective it has given you on your relationship to literacy.




7.              Your essay should have a title--strive for one that is meaningful and/or creative.




9.              The final length of this assignment is 3-4 pages (950-1,300 words). Your final submission should be word-processed, double-spaced, with 1-inch margins on all sides. Please use 12 point, Times New Roman font.





Assignment 1 Prewriting 1st page

Rough Draft of Assignment 2nd page

Peer Review of classmate’s draft 3rd page

Revision Workshop 4th page

Final Draft of Assignment  final 5th, 6th and 7th pages



Assignment 1: Literacy Narrative Peer Review Sheet




Reviewer’s Name:


This review responds to a draft written by:




Once you’ve downloaded the draft that your instructor has assigned to you, read it all the way through. Then write responses to the questions below, save this file as “SMITH Assignment 1 Review JONES” (substituting the essay writer’s last name for “SMITH” and your last name for “JONES”), and upload it to the Assignment 1 Draft Review Discussion Forum, following the due dates in the course schedule in the syllabus. You may wish to copy and paste the actual paper itself to the end of this file.

Be as specific as possible with your comments and questions. Don’t hesitate to ask the writer questions about his or her draft, especially if you think there are gaps or missing details that need more explanation.




1.     1.            This assignment asks you to focus in on one or two moments or episodes and recount them vividly. Provide the writer with feedback on the scope of their narrative. Has the writer focused in on a few select moments or do you think that the narrative covering too many experiences?




1.     2.            Identify any gaps or confusing parts of the narrative. Does the arrangement of the narrative (a chronological sequence of events or series of episodes) make sense?  Is the progression of the narrative easy to follow? Why or why not? 




1.     3.            There are two goals for this assignment: The first goal is that each writer choose one particular episode from their past to describe in detail for an outside audience. The second goal is that each writer provide analysis about how this particular episode reveals something important about the meaning and use of writing.




a.     a.            Give the writer specific feedback on the level of description in the narrative, as it exists so far.


Identify where there the writer uses detail. Are there moments where description helps the story come alive--or is there a specific point where the story could come alive with further development? To what extent is the narrative’s description vivid and engaging?




To what extent can you picture characters and the scene in which the narrative takes place (through the writer’s use of detail)? Does the writer use dialogue to help readers gain a sense of immediacy? If not, is there a moment when dialogue would help the reader experience the story more fully?




a.     b.            Next, give the writer specific feedback on their explanation of what this story reveals about the meaning and use of writing. In your own words, what is the point that the narrative is making? If you have trouble identifying the point of the narrative, give the writer that feedback. Alternately, let the writer know if the significance of the story is expressed in vague language such as “This experience with writing taught me a lot.” Or, “Because of this, I look at writing differently.” This type of brief conclusion warrants deeper thinking and reflection by the writer. 




a.     4.            What mood does the narrative invoke for you as a reader? Does this mood align with the significance of the narrative—what the writer has learned about literacy from the experience?







Assignment 1: Literacy Narrative Revision Workshop




Student Name:


Assignment Title:




1.   1.       Effective narratives re-create an experience (inviting readers to feel the immediacy of a story) rather than just re-telling a sequence of events. As this lesson has suggested, incorporating details into a narrative creates this immediacy. What scene, character, or aspect of the narrative have you developed most fully so far? What part of your narrative will you continue to develop with your revision?




1.   2.       A narrative usually includes transitional phrases to show how the action of a story unfolds or how events relate to one another. "By the next morning," "the previous year," and "shortly after" are all examples of this type of phrase. What phrases or clues does your narrative use to help guide the reader through your story? Are there any transitions in time or events that need to be signaled more clearly?




1.   3.       In one sentence, state the message that your narrative tries to communicate to readers about the meaning or impact of writing. 




4. How does the title of your literacy narrative connect meaningfully or creatively to your story?




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Is the final draft of the essay more fully developed than the first draft?


Does the story focus on one or two specific moments or episodes from the writer’s life?


Does the body of the essay use concrete details and rich description to provide a sense of immediacy for readers?


Is the narrative both descriptive and reflective? In other words, does it answer the question “so what,” helping readers understand the significance of the story to the writer’s understanding of literacy?


Does the final draft meet the length and formatting requirements for this assignment?





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Subject English
Due By (Pacific Time) 06/05/2014 12:00 am
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